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January/February 2016: A Royal Rose Cushion

Craft article and original tapestry pattern for Creative with Workbox Magazine. Issue 153.


December 2015: Shoot for the Moon


November 2015: I've been busy making a new website and updating the news for the Independent Research Association of New Zealand. Check it out at http://www.iranz.org.nz/

See IRANZ's latest enewsletter: Connections. With a round up of research news from New Zealand's independent science sector


November 2015: Cancer sniffing bears


October 2015: Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle in practice


September 2015: Unpacking the Universe


August 2015: Pasta annihilation

Something a bit different. Yes, I know it's antipasto, but that doesn't work for a particle physics joke, does it?


Queen Elizabeth rose tapestry. Credit: Louise Thomas

August 2015: A right royal tapestry

The Queen Elizabeth rose is my favourite. Blousy big pink blooms present themselves mostly in long-stemmed clusters – like chummy little ballerinas, who had dressed themselves with varying success and then can’t go anywhere without their mates. This new pattern is available as a nine-page PDF for NZ$6.90.


July 2015: League of Lock Pickers
It's one of the more unusual commissions I've taken over the years; the June/July 2015 issue of The Shed magazine is featuring a group of Wellingtonians who like to get together to pick locks for fun. They are mainly IT security specialists who have developed an interest in physical security (and finding the flaws in it) as an intellectual pastime. As one of them puts it, "You are solving a puzzle where you can’t see all the pieces".


Allan Wilson Centre
2014 Annual Report

I was pleased to help the Allan Wilson Centre with their annual research report at the end of 2014. I'm very disappointed the Government has not renewed their funding this year and they will close at the end of 2015.


Imaging evolution: Mathematics of life


Marsden Fund winners review:

When genomes collide
The adaptive potential of small populations
Use it or loss it: flight-loss in insects
Evolution of cancer


Biotech Learning Hub Science News

December 2014: Mutating genes to detect cancer
Medical researchers from the UK, the US and Canada have developed a new tool that identifies mutating genes to detect the early stages of oesophageal cancer.


Science Learning Hub
science news
Science news for ages 12 to 16 years

GPS Satellite. Credit: NASA

December 2014: Quantum Clocks
Having the right time is unbelievably important for technologies that involve positioning and navigation such as global positioning systems and space navigation or for synchronisation in the world of high-frequency frenzied financial trading. To get it all exactly right, an international team of physicists is proposing a network of atomic clocks linked at the quantum level, which they say would be more accurate and stable than any individual atomic clock on Earth.


Design

Since I started writing, I've done a side-line in graphic design, simple websites, and drawing for various clients, which has included commissions such as botanical drawings and other science illustrations. Some recent examples can be seen below. More recently I've been turning my attention to cartooning and designing my own needlepoint patterns. The first of which is featuring in the UK's Creative with Workbox magazine in the January/February 2016 issue (issue 153). You can also purchase this pattern directly from me as a PDF. Email me and I'll send you my account details and then email you the pattern.
Needlepoint Pattern

Queen Elizabeth rose tapestry pattern for a cushion, worked on 10-mesh cotton canvas. Includes a nine-page PDF, with wool key in both Anchor and DMC Tapestry threads, and an enlarged detailed symbols charts, broken into a quarter of the chart per A4 page. NZ$6.90 (approximately £3.13 or US$4.46).

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Graphic Design
Hutt Valley High School's 2015 Goal-a-thon Energy News Advert for CRL Energy Coal molecule Adobe illustrator Our place in space pg 1
Illustration/art
Rose watercolour Pohutukawa pastel cartoon ink and watercolour Hydrogen molecule Adobe illustrator
Cartoons

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